How to Tell the Difference Between the Amazon Fire TV Stick Models (Physically)?

by Santino

This article will go through how to tell the difference between the 1st and 2nd gen Amazon Fire TV Stick and the 3rd gen Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, by looking at the physical body of the device. 

Since releasing the first Fire TV Stick in 2014, Amazon has continued to improve it, releasing additional more powerful generations of the device with the most recent being the Fire TV Stick 4K, released in October 2018.

The full list of Amazon Fire TV Sticks Amazon has released is as follows:

  • Fire TV Stick 1st generation - released in November 2014, discontinued
  • Fire TV Stick 2nd generation - released in November 2016, available
  • Fire TV Stick Basic Edition - released in November 2017, a special version of the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick available for non-US customers only, available
  • Fire TV Stick 4K - released October 2018, available

The easiest way to differentiate between different models is by looking at the size of the device and the remote control.

The 1st generation Fire TV Stick is slightly shorter and narrower and has a basic remote. The 2nd generation Fire TV Stick is slightly longer and wider and has a longer remote equipped with a microphone which allows you to do voice searches.

The Fire TV Stick Basic Edition is the same size as the 2nd generation Fire TV Stick but has the same basic remote as the 1st generation Fire TV Stick as it removes voice search support in order to be compatible with international markets.

Finally, the Fire TV Stick 4K is larger than all the previous generations and drops the word "Amazon" from the logo on the side of the device. It also has a completely revamped remote with volume controls, a power button and an LED added and the word "Amazon" removed from the logo as well. Please be aware that the 4K Fire TV stick is now recommended as of September 2019 as a supported device.




For more information about the differences in the specifications please check out Amazon website

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Please Note: We recommend to not use the 1st generation Fire TV Stick as the first generation is not fully supported via ScreenCloud and also has limited RAM for content.

If you have any additional questions on how to tell the difference between the 1st gen, 2nd gen Amazon Fire TV Stick and the 3rd gen Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.


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